Another GOP Leader Just Got Implicated In Massive Fraud
An investigation by The Los Angeles Times revealed that House Republican Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s brother-in-law scored a $7 million no-bid contract based on his Native American ancestry. There’s just one problem: he’s not Native.
Areportccording to the report published Sunday, prime contracts were awarded through federal programs designed to help disadvantaged minorities. Vortex Construction’s principal owner is William Wages, McCarthy’s wife’s brother. He scored $7.6 million in prime federal contracts since 2000, The Times concluded.
The paper also found that, while the company currently owned by Wages, McCarthy’s mother-in-law, father-in-law and sister-in-law are all employed and his wife has been a top executive in the company.
A no-bid contract means there was no competition for other companies that might offer more cost-effective contracts that could have saved American tax dollars.
“Wages says he is Cherokee, but tribal records call the claim into question. He’s a member of a group called the Northern Cherokee Nation, but it has no legitimate recognition as a tribe and tribal leaders say that it’s considered a fraudulent group,” The Times revealed.
More than $4 million in minority financing was set aside for projects at China Lake, in McCarthy’s district. The Congressman has also been an advocate in Congress for increasing funding for China Lake and expanding the area for the military base there.
It’s prompting questions about whether Wages benefited from McCarthy’s powerful position in Congress or if the claims constitute fraud.
You can read the full report at The Los Angeles Times.